Use Namespace Aliases for Ambiguous Sitecore Class Names

C# has a nice feature where you can define a custom alias to a specific class in the usings section of a class. This is called a namespace alias and it can be leveraged to override class name conflicts within a class. Say you have a Sitecore codebehind that is using System.Web.UI.WebControls and using Sitecore.Web.UI.WebControls. If you make a reference to Image, there’s a class name conflict:

One option is to write out the fully qualified name with the full namspace. Another option is to tell the class that Image should specifically reference Sitecore.Web.UI.WebControls.Image:

Now the compiler and IntelliSense knows exactly what Image means:

If for some reason you need to reference both a regular ASP.NET Image and a Sitecore image, you can do something like this:


Mark Ursino

Mark is Sr. Director at Rightpoint and a Sitecore MVP.


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